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Representing Eritrea: Geopolitics and Narratives of Oppression

Narratives of Oppression eritrea
INSIGHTS: Interrogating the crime-against-humanity narrative and its discontents; Eritrea as the main cause of instability in the Horn of Africa?; What the future holds between Eritrea and Ethiopia?

Tanja R. Müller from the School of Environment and Development, Global Development Institute, and Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK have the following interrogation against the geopolitics and narratives of oppression in relation to Eritrea and how those feed into a wider conceptualization that regards Eritrea as the main source of instability in the Horn of Africa.


Two seemingly unrelated events occurred in mid 2015 that in different ways relate to the public representation of Eritrea and its function within the wider geopolitical context of the Horn of Africa. The first was the publication of the Report of the detailed findings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea in June 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC 2015) that in its summary suggests human rights violations in Eritrea may constitute crimes against humanity (the ‘may’ has disappeared in most media coverage where those alleged crimes are taken as facts). Continue reading Representing Eritrea: Geopolitics and Narratives of Oppression